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Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett - Say It Isn't So - The Sunday Times


29 September 2013
The Sunday Times
Clive Davis

Anyone who caught the late Richard Rodney Bennett's club dates with Mary Cleere Haran - a singer who died far too young - will know what heights their partnership reached. But the composer's studio collaborations with Claire Martin turned out to be just as compelling. Irving Berlin is the subject of their final encounter. Martin's readings of 'How Deep Is The Ocean' and 'What'll I Do?' touch rare depths. As ever, Bennett adds a scattering of his gravelly vocals. 'He Ain't Got Rhythm' is the last thing you'd say about his piano playing.
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